Haven't you read the posts so far and the viki announcements? Are you falling from the clouds or what?
It's not an increase in cost for the same product. The extra cost is only for those extra shows we wouldn't be having otherwise. Only the people who want these extra shows are paying more, if they wish. All the rest of the people stay with the old cost. The extra money is paid to Kocowa for the extra Kocowa content. It does not remain in viki's pockets to do what they want with it, including paying subbers or anything else.
Therefore it's an extra option and you cannot call it an increase in pricing. It is not a higher price for the same product.
If you had read the previous posts, you would have seen my post where I quoted the pricing of another streaming video website, which also has two different subscription tiers, and they also have the same prices for them.
That competitor website, for these similar prices, has paid subbers, but only in English. (And not immediately either). Whereas the volunteer system allows viki to have a great number of popular and not-so-popular world languages. If viki started to pay for subs, it would obviously pay only for English. If it added even one more language (say, Spanish) for all its shows (just imagine how many they are), then it would have to cost more than the competitor website, which doesn't have Spanish. But viki is immensely popular also in Portuguese-speaking countries, not to mention France, Italy, Indonesia, the Philippines etc etc.
Can you imagine the increase in cost if it paid subbers in all those languages?
On the other hand, if viki chose not to include those other language subbers, all the clients from all the rest of the countries would immediately drop out of viki. A much larger exodus than what you are prophesizing right now!
And if it chose to pay only the English subbers and not the other language subbers, the other language subbers would feel very wronged and would leave. I know I would.
It somewhat irks me that when discussing the volunteer versus paid subbers matter, people from English-speaking countries tend to only focus on English subs and ignore all the rest of the world.
Yes, I personally happen to understand English perfectly, although it's not my native language, and I have no problem watching everything in English. And yes, there are many others who do as well. But you'd be surprised at the number of people all over the world who, even if they have studied English in school, only understand it partially and have difficulty reading subtitles when actors speak at normal speed. (Think of how many Americans have studied French in school: would all of them be able to watch a drama with French subs?)
When considering whether renewing your own subscription, why do you view it as "compulsory" to buy the higher tier, instead of staying with the Standard Pass arrangement as most people in the world do right now? There are many newer programs which are Standard Pass, and among them some popular ones like "Manhole" and the upcoming "While You Were Sleeping".
You have the option for the higher tier because you obviously live in America. For all the rest of us vikipass plus is not even available, so for us nothing has changed.
The fact that people in your region have to possibility to enjoy more content has made you unsatisfied with what you already have, and you're basically saying "Oh, now I know there is that option, it's either that or nothing for me". Just because it is there, available to you, you feel you cannot live without it, that without it, your experience would be lacking, only because you compare yourself with other people in your region who would be "more fortunate".
We, in the rest of the world (yes, there is world outside America) who don't even have that option, may be excused for thinking that this is a bit unreasonable. Like the person who has a perfectly good i-phone 6 but as soon as the i-phone 7 comes out, they "must" have it and the "old one" is not good enough anymore.
Unless you're claiming that from now on there will be less shows for standard vikipass users. In that case you should prove it is indeed so, with numbers. And you (or anybody else) cannot do that until some months have passed, in order to compare the numbers from these months to the previous months or from one year to the previous one.